QOTD: Thankful

Her moon face close to mine
whispering or yelling or demanding attention
at all hours of my days:

It's mornin' time, mama. Wake up!
Peel dis owange wight now, mama!
Wanna pway pwinces in my woom?
Whew, mama, yo breaf is stinky!
I'm pwayin songs on my china!
Grass monkey monkey, that funny monkey
I am not poopin' in my panties
Yets snuggle up, mama. Okay, mama?
Uh oh. Yook what Javi did!
You watchin' me wock out, mama?

I am so thankful for my girl,
She's so uniquely and achingly herself
and yet she illuminates and articulates  
me in ways I'm still learning.
I need this proof of belonging
all the days of my life.


  • Anonymous

    I love that Bella Miller. I love the way she talks, you capture it so well!

  • C (Kid Things)

    This was lovely. Purely, absolutely lovely.

  • Amy @ Never-True Tales

    You've captured the perfect little girl voice here!

  • melissa

    Proof of belonging: so well put!

  • Emily

    LOVE this post. Love.

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  • Maxabella

    You grab the way Meanie-Weenie-Evirella-sweet-potato-pie speaks so well. I hope you record her a lot as you will miss her little chatter when she grows up. You write so beautifully, Kelly.

    Your post is already very committed, but you should link it up to Saturday Grateful as well. Maybe next week. x

  • Elle

    This is such a beautiful post and brought tears to my eyes.

  • amber_mtmc

    OH, Bella! I want to meet her one day! She sounds so...awesome!! : )

  • Belinda Munoz + The Halfway Point

    This proof of belonging is poetry.
    Something we crave in our history.

  • Leslie

    Love this! My boy says, "Look! Get Up! It isn't dark any more!"
    He likes to rock out, too.
    What i like most is how you're rocking out to it all - finding happiness, being thankful, and sharing it with the rest of us.

  • Jack Steiner

    This was great- love these sorts of memories.

  • ck

    That is just beautiful, Kelly. I especially loved this line:
    "whispering or yelling or demanding attention." You captured so much in those words and by the order in which you placed them.

  • suzannah | the smitten word

    "I'm pwayin songs on my china!" out of control, and i love it:)

  • Anonymous

    Illuminates: Yes my children are always teaching me, every day. And it really is a treat to know how muchI have to learn.

    Lovely Kelly, really lovely.

  • The Drama Mama

    "Get up! Get up!!" greets me every morning that GC lets me sleep in until Scooby wakes up.

    This is beautifully written of course. I love the sound of Bella's voice. I love how you wrapped it all up, too.

  • Jami

    Ahhh. The last line says it all. So true. Me too.

  • Anonymous

    Awww. that was really sweet!

  • Rudri

    So lovely Kelly. I love these moments.

  • Cheryl

    This gave me chills. So beautiful.

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